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Title:
James Whitcomb Riley : a life
Author:
Van Allen, Elizabeth J.
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Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780253335913
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Book

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"... a thorough biography that should supplant all previous attempts to understand the man." --H-Net Reviews


"... new, thorough and highly readable... " --Indianapolis Star


Few literary figures have achieved the fame of James Whitcomb Riley, the most popular poet in America at the end of the 19th century--the height of his career. Legends and rumors either elevate Riley as a hero who gave Hoosiers pride of place, or denigrate him as a drunken author of Victorian doggerel. In this first serious modern biography of Riley, Van Allen sifts facts from fiction to paint the truest portrait of this controversial poet.


Author Notes

Elizabeth J. Van Allen received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. She is a former historian of the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association where she was Senior Editor for and contributor to Keeping the Dream, a book celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Association.